28 May 2008

Australian government says immigration is essential to economy

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The Australian government has revealed that immigration to the country will add value to the economy. The government has estimates that migrants and travellers to Australia will bring an additional $3 billion AUD (£1.5 billion) to the economy.

Australia's government has previously stated that immigration is necessary in order to boost skills levels and keep up with employer demand. Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, estimates that whilst the recent increase in Australian immigration would cost $1.4 billion AUD, it would generate $3 billion AUD including taxes over the next four years.

The government has recently announced plans to add 30,000 new spaces to this years migration quota, meaning more Australian visas will be available in the future. Senator Evans said the move is essential as the ageing population and few native workers mean people on Australian visas will be needed to allow the country to grow and to fill skills shortages in a number of sectors.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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